‘We apologise, it will not happen again’, says Uggah on VIPs cutting vaccination queue

Douglas Uggah Embas

By Ling Hui

KUCHING, May 20: With the newly installed numbering system at the Petra Jaya Covid-19 vaccination centre (PPV), events of “very-important-persons” (VIPs) cutting the queue to undergo vaccinations will not happen again.

State Disaster Management Committee (SDMC) chairman Datuk Amar Douglas Uggah Embas, when expressing his apologies on this matter, assured the general public that similar incidents would not happen again in Sarawak when all other PPVs adopt the same system.

“With this very orderly system, we hope whatever that happened few days ago will not happen again. The management assured me (of this) just now.

“We apologise for what had happened,” he said during a work visit to Stadium Perpaduan, Petra Jaya here today.

When asked to comment more on the incident, Uggah denied the need to explain further.

“No, it’s enough. (There is) no need to comment more. There’s already so much on social media, but I’m pleased that this morning the system is in place.

“And that the system will be able to make sure that the floor is carried out as planned because if you are getting vaccinated now, they will give you a number.

“There is also a floor for OKU, and another floor for the rest of the people,” he said in response to recent news reports alleging politicians were cutting the queue to undergo vaccination at the indoor stadium.

Since yesterday (May 19), there were photos widely circulated on various social media networks claiming that several politicians and their spouses had cut the vaccination queue of the disabled person (OKU) lane.

A text message that came along with the viral photos said the VIPs knew the people waiting in line were complaining but they decided to ignore them, received their jabs and left the scene.

This resulted in much frustration from the public and several quarters where they requested for an explanation from the authorities, especially SDMC. — DayakDaily